Kdo se směje naposled na Ukrajině

MELBOURNE – Když polský ministr zahraničí Radosław Sikorski odcestoval loni do Kyjeva k rozhovorům, jeho ukrajinští hostitelé se mu údajně smáli, protože měl na ruce levné japonské hodinky. Několik ukrajinských ministrů totiž mělo hodinky v ceně přes 30 000 dolarů. V komentáři, který jsem o tomto incidentu napsal, jsem poukázal na skutečnost, že quartzové hodinky plní základní funkci chronometru – přesně ukazovat čas – lépe než mechanické „prestižní“ hodinky, které stály několikasetnásobně víc.

Sikorski se smál naposled. Ty, kteří si z něj utahovali, ukrajinský parlament po útěku prezidenta Viktora Janukovyče z Kyjeva kvapně sesadil z funkcí. A drahé hodinky s osudem Janukovyče a jeho kumpánů tak trochu souvisely.

Korupce je v ukrajinské revoluci klíčovým tématem, stejně jako tomu bylo v případě mnoha lidových povstání včetně tuniské vzpoury proti prezidentovi Zín Abidín bin Alímu, která odstartovala arabské jaro, nebo „revoluce lidové moci“ na Filipínách, jež v roce 1986 svrhla prezidenta Ferdinanda Marcose.

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